Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • Kiowa peoples
  • pair of beaded moccasins, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, pigment, beading
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a 8 x 10.5 x 24.5 cm length does not include fringe
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 3 1/8 x 4 1/8 x 9 5/8 in length does not include fringe
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 6 x 9.5 x 27 cm length does not include fringe
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 2 3/8 x 3 3/4 x 10 5/8 in length does not include fringe
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3825.a,b
Description

The pair of buckskin moccasins have rawhide soles. They have long fringe on the back seam and shorter fringe on the top of the shoe. The buckskin is colored yellow, except for a triangle between strips of beads on top, which is red. The beading around the bottom of the shoe has a medium blue field with a red cross with a white center alternating with a white cross and a red center attached to a red triangle with a white outline. There is a band of blue beading across the top of the shoe and two bands down the front of the shoe. The bands on the top of the shoe have curved lines in red, white and yellow. The beaded band under the ankle has large blocks of medium blue and green separated by yellow and black.